An controversial piece of art featuring a nude Donald Trump which has been banned in the US will be displayed for the first time at a gallery in London. They pastel piece Make America Great Again by Los Angeles-based artist Illma Gore of the Republican presidential hopeful fully nude has been banned from public display in the US and frequently removed from Facebook for breaching its nudity ban.
Gore is also said to have received death threats because of the artwork and has been threatened with lawsuits if she sells it, citing Trump's right of publicity over commercial use of his likeness.
Despite the unflattering image of Trump going viral on social media after first being shared by Gore on Facebook on 9 February, the original piece has never been exhibited in a public gallery space. However, London's Maddox Gallery will now showcase the piece from 11 April.
Maddox Gallery director James Nicholls said: "This is a very contentious and interesting piece and there is a lot of interest and debate around it. Some may be offended but others will see the humour in Gore's work. Maddox Gallery is giving London the chance to view the original artwork and make up their own minds."
Gore added: "Make America Great Again was created to evoke a reaction from its audience, good or bad, about the significance we place on our physical selves. One should not feel defined by their penis size or vagina, as it does not determine who you are. Your genitals do not dictate your gender, your power, or your status. Simply put, you can be a massive p***k, despite what is in your pants.
"I've been overwhelmed by the public reaction to the piece. While it is obviously a great shame that I cannot exhibit it in the USA due to censorship and also threats from Trump supporters to harm both myself and the artwork, I am so excited that it will finally be exhibited in a gallery space where interested parties can come and see it 'in the flesh'.
"London has always had such an open-minded attitude towards art and has regularly displayed works of art that push boundaries and cause controversy, it is the perfect place to show Make America Great Again."